TEACHERS from the largest union have announced they will strike next month in a row over pay and pensions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers - which represents 1,129 teachers in Hammersmith and Fulham; including around 75 per cent of state school staff - will take part in a one-day strike across London on October 17.
Industrial action is expected to affect around half of schools in Hammersmith and Fulham.
NUT is making rolling regional strikes next month alongside members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.
The unions are in a dispute with the government over a third hike in pension contributions, leading to reductions in pay, and new policies on performance-related pay.
Dennis Charman, chairman of the H&F branch of NUT, said it was ‘regrettable’ to disrupt pupils’ learning, but hoped it was giving enough time for parents to make arrangements.
“We are very reluctant to take action. If (Education Secretary) Michael Gove could stop these megaphone discussions and sit down quietly and talk with the unions we would suspend strikes,” he said.
He added: "Teachers have no stable pay, we’re losing pay every year from hikes in pension contributions and future pay development is becoming more and more erratic with performance-related pay.
“We are against the disproportionate and unreasonable way the government has introduced performance as such an overwhelming part of the pay progression process. There is no evidence that performance-related pay makes teachers better, even there was the new procedures are very crude."